Zinc - Essential mineral

Zinc - Essential mineral

Essential Zinc

Zinc is an essential trace element for humans and other animals, for plants and for microorganisms. Zinc is required for the function of over 300 enzymes. It is the second most abundant trace metal in humans after iron and it is the only metal which appears in all enzyme classes.

Known for : Cures or shortens colds, relieves prostate symptoms, prevents prostate cancer, prevents or alleviates age-related macular degeneration.

Zinc is an 
essential mineral, including to prenatal and postnatal development. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people in the developing world and is linked with many diseases. In children, deficiency causes growth retardation, delayed sexual maturation, infection susceptibility, and diarrhea.

In most single-tablet, over-the-counter, daily vitamin and mineral supplements, zinc is included in such forms as zinc oxide, zinc acetate, or zinc gluconate. Zinc is generally considered to be an antioxidant. 

Zinc supplements (frequently zinc acetate or zinc gluconate lozenges) are a group of dietary supplements that are commonly used for the treatment of the common cold.  Zinc is an important aspect of nutrition. Zinc effects on learning and memory. Zinc for preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Natural Sources

Animal products such as meat, fish, shellfish, fowl, eggs, and dairy contain zinc. The concentration of zinc in plants varies with the level in the soil. With adequate zinc in the soil, the food plants that contain the most zinc are wheat (germ and bran) and various seeds, including sesame, poppy, alfalfa, celery, and mustard. 


Zinc is also found in beans, nuts, almonds, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and blackcurrant. Plant phytates are particularly found in pulses and cereals and interfere with zinc absorption.

Other sources include fortified food and dietary supplements in various forms. A 1998 review concluded that zinc oxide, one of the most common supplements in the United States.

If you are a vegan, are over 60 or are for any reason not consuming adequate zinc, consider taking a supplement containing zinc.

Taking selective nutrients in supplement form will not provide the same health benefits as consuming the nutrient from a whole food.
First focus on obtaining your daily zinc requirement from natural foods, then use supplements as a backup


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